Ghostbusters (2016) Movie Review

by Jay Cochran
July 17, 2016
Reviewed by Maroon5gurl88

When Paul Feig announced a reboot of Ghostbusters with an all-female casts the internet exploded with the fury of WWIII. Was the hate warranted? Well, unless you have something against ladies busting ghosts, then not at all. Feig's Ghostbusters is a fun summer excursion despite its implied apology and desire to justify its own existence.

Three scientists and an MTA worker must band together when New York City experiences an influx of paranormal activity.

Those unimpressed with the very notion of a Ghostbusters remake will never be satisfied, but Paul Feig and his stock company create an impressive debut for the new female Ghostbusters. Kristen Wiig's Erin Gilbert and Melissa McCarthy's Abby Yates are childhood best friends whose differing approaches to science pulled them apart. The film plays with a lot of the skepticism found within the paranormal activity, as well as how ghosts would live or die in the world of social media. The wittiest jokes though are derived from the film's concept itself. Andy Garcia and Cecily Strong appear as the mayor and his aide, left to deny the Ghostbusters publicly while praising them in private, a nod towards anyone's fears of supporting this remake. The film also pokes fun at its own internet trolls as well as the gender bias within the academic community. The jokes in the first half do bog things down as the script feels it must justify the movie's existence. The second half is when the actual "ghostbusting" happens and once it does things get even funner with the ladies uniting to stop a villainous white guy it's presented better than it sounds looking for his own power in a thankless world. Again, the metaphors aren't exactly subtle, but this is a film about ghostbusters.

McCarthy and Wiig have good chemistry which isn't surprising since they've worked with Feig in the past. The standouts are Kate McKinnon as Holtzmann and Leslie Jones as MTA worker Patty. Yes, Patty is the one sassy black lady who isn't a scientist and a tone deaf joke on the subject threatens to derail the film's goodwill but Jones makes lemons out of lemonade and steals every scene. The same praise can be given to McKinnon whose patented blend of quirk makes her the unpredictable member of the group. And Chris Hemsworth finally hits his comedic stride as the Ghostbusters' bumbling secretary, Kevin. Hemsworth takes a more active position during the film's second half, but he's just so dang charming and lovable as a man who genuinely doesn't understand how idiotic he is.

In a summer where bloated superhero films are falling left and right, maybe it's time for the ladies to have a hand. The new Ghostbusters is a frisky and energetic summer movie whose heart is in the right place. McKinnon and Jones pull a Hail Mary and end up dominating the film.

Grade: B+


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